William Steig (November 14, 1907 – October 3, 2003) was a prolific Americancartoonist, sculptor and, late in life, an illustrator and writer of popular children's books. Best known for the picture books Sylvester and the Magic Pebble,Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, he was also the creator of Shrek!, which inspired the film series of the same name. He was the U.S. nominee for both of the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Awards, as a children's book illustrator in 1982 and a writer in 1988.
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